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The Fighting Game Community is a unique place, and this painter is capturing its spirit via art.
The fighting game community tends to be a diverse place, creating a mixed palette of personalities and faces. The range of distinct community faces makes the scene feel more vibrant and inclusive, and has actually inspired one man to paint the faces that have become staples of the scene. This painter’s name is Adam “P Diddle” Padilla, check out how he’s been using the FGC as his own personal muse.
Igniting the passion
The fighting game community can be a very energizing place. It’s inspired professional gamers, event organizers, and commentators to keep pushing themselves, and those names inspire the community in turn. Adam Padilla is a prime example.
“I work a menial day job as a farm laborer, nothing much to say there,” Padilla explained. “I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but my greatest hurdle was my own procrastination. That is, until I turned to the FGC for inspiration.”
“In general,” Padilla added, “the players and everyone working in the FGC demonstrate the passion and diligence required to succeed at anything in life.” For those who follow competitive video games, this human aspect of the game sometimes gets lost in the focus on pixels and prize money.
Adam also described some of the key influences to his new identity as an artist. “It was Sajam and Tasty Steve who drove me to make 2017 the year I start taking art and life seriously. These two commentators who, seemingly, came out of nowhere all of a sudden [to be at] at every event and doing some of the best work. I admired their work ethic so much that I started drawing again, and eventually I made my first fanart for Aris (avoidingthepuddle), another huge inspiration for me.”
This one painting kick-started Padilla’s art career, allowing him to afford art supplies. With these new supplies, Adam once more turned to the FGC for motivation. “I painted my favorite players and commentators with no intention of selling, merely out of respect, and now I have my very own art stream.”
A fan by any other name
Everything seems to be going well for Adam, and painting is an interesting thing to have turned to. Not everyone sees video game players and wants to paint them, after all. Despite the unique outlet for his passion, Adam’s reasons for painting and getting started are ones that should feel familiar to many other FGC fans.
“I actually didn’t even know there was an FGC until I stumbled upon Maximilan’s YouTube channel during Street Fighter 4’s heyday,” Padilla confided, revealing a humble beginning many others in the scene today share. “No one is more welcoming than Max.”
This beginning is one many players share, but another aspect of Adam’s paintings should feel familiar as well. After being asked why he chose specifically to paint the community heads specifically, he explained his outlook more: “I used to struggle with finding interesting characters to paint, but the FGC seemingly has more varied and eccentric personalities than the very games they play. That’s all the reason I needed to start painting them.”
As far as how he paints exactly, Padilla also went into detail about that. “I paint from screenshots I snag from all over the place. They are generally terrible quality with low resolution and bad lighting but I think that actually helps me develop good design sense. I can’t just copy the picture because that wouldn’t look good. The dream is to travel and shoot my own reference, but one step at a time.”
He may not have gotten to shoot his own references yet, but he is certainly taking steps. Padilla is currently a Twitch Creative streamer, piecing his work together in front of live audiences.
Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms, and for Adam Padilla the FGC has become the muse to reignite his artistic passions. It’s a road not often traveled, but his FGC portraits are representations not only of the players, commentators and public figures he admires so much; it’s a portrait of the scene itself. And it’s a very pretty picture.